I believe that every child has their own way to learn – it is up to the teacher to know their students and integrate the many aspects of learning into the classroom to help foster each student’s educational journey. Knowledge of learning theory is critical in order to provide this for your students.
I believe that teaching how to learn, rather than what to learn, is the only way to provide a successful and meaningful education for your students.
I believe that inclusive classrooms are key to allowing all students equitable opportunities to reaching their full potential. I say equitable because every child is capable, but every situation calls for a different approach as to how that potential can be unlocked.
I believe that teaching is as much learning from your students as they learn from you.
I believe that creativity is the heart of teaching, learning, and education overall. It should never be overlooked, and should be always present.
I believe that students’ identities are unchangingly intertwined with how they learn and perceive knowledge – understanding this is the only way to fostering engagement.
I believe that respect is at the heart of classroom life. If you give your students respect, they will respect you.
I believe that assessment of students’ work should go beyond just “this is what you got.” It should provide useful information and feedforward (moving forward from the point they are at!) that a learner can grow from and understand how to employ in future work.
I believe that students have every right to know the lesson plan for what they are learning, why they are learning the things they are, and to understand new information in a way that is challenging but accessible for them personally.
I believe that classrooms are a place not only of growth; of connection and rethinking things students may already know.
Lastly, I believe that learning is truly a lifelong journey. Stagnating on familiar routines as a teacher can be detrimental to the changing times and identities of the students.